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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 13 Jan 2014

-Sentenced To Life In Prison For Selling Marijuana

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Life in prison in the harshest sentence possible short of the death penalty in our criminal legal system. In every one of these cases, where a life sentence was passed on someone who had harmed nobody, a single juror in each trial could have prevented that sentence from being imposed with a Not Guilty vote, […]

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FIJActivist &Jury Nullification | 13 Jan 2014

-Effective Juror Education Depends on Rapport

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Just wanted to pass along to all activists this morning a reminder that effective outreach depends on how we deliver our message. We got a call this past weekend from someone who got our number from a sign the caller described as being very prominent (bright yellow) that is currently located in a residential neighborhood. […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 18 Dec 2013

-Jury Nullification: The True Duty of a Jury

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Why would a conscientious non-voter be a proponent of participating in the legal system as a juorr? Josie the Outlaw explains, as she discusses the true duty of the juror to conscientiously acquit through jury nullification when the law is unjust or unjustly applied. She explains how judges intentionally lie and cheat in order to […]

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FIJActivist &Jury Nullification | 13 Dec 2013

-Minnesota NORML Hosts Talk on Jury Nullification

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Minnesota NORML will host Kirsten Tynan of the Fully Informed Jury Association at its December monthly meeting to discuss jurors’ rights and responsibilities in delivering a just verdict, including their right and duty to conscientiously acquit when a just verdict requires it. This function of the jury is also known as jury nullification. Jury nullification […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 06 Dec 2013

-Private Prisons Drive Need for Jurors to Understand Jury Nullification

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What is driving the high rate of incarceration, which is largely populated with non-violent offenders who have committed victimless offenses but have harmed nobody? For-profit incarceration. In fact, some states are contractually obligated to provide a certain quota of prisoners to private prisons, regardless of the actual crime rates. What?!? Private Prisons Suing States for […]

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Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 05 Dec 2013

-Happy Repeal Day Thanks to Jury Nullification!

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Repeal Day marks the anniversary of the 5 December 1933 ratification of the Twenty-First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution repealing alcohol prohibition. After fewer than thirteen years, the cultural and political climate in the U.S. forced an end to the federal criminalization of numerous victimless alcohol offenses. How did the people convey the message to […]

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Jury Nullification | 04 Dec 2013

-Anti-Jury Nullification Prosecutor Complains of Lack of Funds

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Reason’s Jacob Sullum shares some of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s complaints about the effect of sequestration on his office. Bharara complains that without more money, his office will simply get smaller and smaller each year. Not such a bad idea, says Sullum, pointing out his “mission” involves prosecuting lots of offenses that shouldn’t be, or […]

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FIJA in the News &Interviews | 15 Nov 2013

-Jury Nullification on Equalitarians on Calgary’s Phresh FM

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Kirsten Tynan recently discussed with Suza Singh of Equalitarians on Calgary’s Phresh FM the juror’s right to rely on conscience and vote Not Guilty when a just verdict requires it, even if the law has technically been broken. Clips of the interview are interspersed with an interview of an in-studio guest, including a discussion of […]

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Jury Nullification | 12 Nov 2013

-Jury Nullification: Your Most Powerful Vote

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Here we are a week after Election Day, when millions of U.S. voters dutifully went to the polls to push buttons for candidates and issues. But you may still be called upon in coming weeks and months to exercise your most powerful vote as a juror. When you vote in a political election: -your vote […]

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Jury Nullification | 10 Nov 2013

-Understand What Is At Stake When Considering Jury Nullification

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Often we hear in the FIJA office from or about jurors who initially voted Not Guilty, but changed their vote to Guilty because they couldn’t convince the other jurors. This change of vote is often associated with the holdout juror not wanting to waste their own time any longer. Perhaps they wish to get home […]

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Function of Juries | 10 Nov 2013

-Is Mixing Drug and Weapons Charges a Strategy to Undermine Jury Rights?

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More and more I’m noticing cases that involve BOTH drug and firearms charges, including this one in which a Seattle robbery victim who was tied up and held at gunpoint is being charged for both marijuana- and firearm-related offenses because he defensively shot at the people who broke into his home and stole pot and […]

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FIJA in the News &Jury Nullification | 09 Nov 2013

-Support for Jury Nullification on Display in D.C.

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Joe Wolverton discusses in this article in The New American the billboards on display in Washington, D.C. informing everyone that “Good jurors nullify bad laws”. Wolverton points out that, despite prosecutors’ displeasure with this educational effort, jury nullification is not new and, indeed, is a fundamental element of our legal system. Support for Jury Nullification […]

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Function of Juries | 09 Nov 2013

-Anderson Case Illustrates for Jurors Bias in the Courtroom

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Jurors should understand the case of disgraced former Williamson County, Texas district attorney Ken Anderson as a telling illustration of how the legal system is tilted in favor of prosecution. Ken Anderson to serve 10 days in jail Former Williamson County district attorney Ken Anderson will serve 10 days in jail and give up his […]

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Jury Nullification | 09 Nov 2013

-Jury Nullification and a Woman’s Memorable Vote

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In this article, Carl M. Cannon discusses a historic attempt for conscientious acquittal by jury nullification. In 1873, suffragist Susan B. Anthony embarked on a whirlwind tour arguing passionately for jury nullification before standing trial for the crime of Voting While Female. Election Day 1872 — and a Woman’s Memorable Vote “Citizenship no more carries […]

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Jury Nullification | 08 Nov 2013

-Former Prosecutor to Jurors: Jury Nullification!

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Another great interview with Professor Paul Butler, who has personal experience with Washington, D.C.’s long history of jury nullification. In discussing jury nullification with The Nation, Butler cites it as one of the reasons we’re seeing a shift against criminalization of marijuana. Former Prosecutor to Jurors: Nullify! LS: How did you arrive at jury nullification […]

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